#3 Lady Hornets keep racking up victories
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The #3 Emporia State women’s basketball team started out the new semester with a 73-50 victory last Sunday against Central Oklahoma. This was the first time the Lady Hornets had played since last week, where they suffered their first lost on the road against Northeastern State.
“The support we get from our fans and having our whole entire bench there helps,” said Kionna Kellogg, senior forward and communication major. “I think we all knew we had to improve and show our resiliency from that loss and not let it define us.”
Within the first couple minutes, the Lady Hornets found themselves down 9-2 but soon settled into a rhythm with a 9-2 run of their own. With just over 12 minutes left to play in the first period, ESU went on a 19-4 streak to end the half up, 47-26.
“I think we all understand the game enough that we didn’t really have to do anything special, we just had to get back to the way we were playing (before),” Kellogg said.
Marissa Quick, junior forward, started out the second half with a three-point play. It would be the last time the Hornets would score for several minutes as the Bronchos went on a 9-0 run.
In spite of solid defense and good ball movements, the Lady Hornets could not seem to get many shots to fall throughout the second half, shooting 30 percent from the field but managed to hang on to their lead through solid defense.
“We expect to play well here every game,” said Jory Collins, head coach. “Obviously, we were awful the other night. Everybody was looking forward to getting back and getting another game to play just to put that one officially behind us.”
Collins said the team was off to a slow start in the first five minutes, but then settled in and played well for the rest of the first half.
“In the second half, it was hit-and-miss and a little bit slow, but we hung in there and made enough plays,” Collins said.
Laura Patrick, senior guard, led the Hornets with 17 points. Haley Parker and Rheanna Egli, senior guards, both ended the night with 10 points.
“We knew what they were bringing at us,” Egli, a math major, said. “We made some slipups in the beginning, but we got comfortable with their offense and settled in. I feel like we haven’t slipped up too much on team defense, even the last game. We knew if we held them to our goal that we’d come out with a win.”
The win over the Bronchos moved the Lady Hornets to 18-1 overall and 9-1 MIAA. ESU is set to hit the court again tonight against #24 Fort Hays State. Tipoff will be at 5:00 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum in Hays.